Facts that could save your life in these dangerous situations

Drawing of water, fire, and a plane
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In dangerous situations, often one has only seconds to make the right move which can be the difference between life and death. To even the odds, there are certain survival facts that can better inform one’s decision-making skills in an unsafe spot. To better prepare for such circumstances, here are three common dangerous scenarios and the steps to best prepare for them.

 

Drawing of a fire, fire truck, and fire extinguisher

Fire

It is generally misunderstood what will likely cause death in a fire. Most picture burning to death in a horrific way, but actually, most just suffocate on smoke before the flames have even touched them. With the added pressure of intense heat, it’s easy to pass out in the scenario of a fire.

To avoid this, one should travel on their hands and knees or crawl. Smoke collects at the top of a room, so to safely exit keeping one’s head as low as possible is key. This is more common knowledge, but it’s important to also check the heat on doorknobs before opening them. But while the more mainstream tip is to check with the back of one’s hand, it is much quicker to just use any nearby cloth to open doors with possible fire beyond them. 

 

Plane crash

Airplane crashes are not as lethal as they seem. More than 76% of persons involved in plane crashes survive according to Ben Sherman’s “Survivor’s Guide”. So the most important factor in an emergency crash is to stay calm. 

A lot of precautions can also be made. 80% of crashes happen within minutes of take-off and landing, so one only needs to really pay attention during those minutes of the flight in order to ensure swift action in the case of a crash. During that time, one needs to make sure they have all their valuables on them. Far too often after crashes passengers spend life-saving seconds grabbing their carry-ons. 

To put it into perspective, passengers only have about 90 seconds to evacuate. It may seem like a short time, but if one checks for the exits while entering the plane, the odds go up much more that one would know where to go in case of an emergency evacuation. 

 

Extreme Weather

In the scenario that one is stuck in a place with freezing temperatures and no heating, there is a makeshift DIY heater which could prove useful. Place either bricks or tiles onto a flat surface, and place the candles onto that surface. Then cover the lit candles with a bowl or pot. The materials are all it takes to get warm.

In the case of extreme heat, one should drink plenty of water and even wet pieces of cloth to put on easily heated up areas like one’s neck or forehead. One should also wear loose-fitting clothing made from fabrics such as cotton or linen. The goal in hot temperatures is to not dehydrate or overheat, so staying in open and shaded areas is key. 

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